8 Historic London Shopfronts

London streets are lined with colourful shops, clamouring for our attention. Many are of considerable age, and have survived for our enjoyment only through careful maintenance by generations of shopkeepers. Kathryn Morrison, Head of Historic Places Investigation, selects eight shopfronts that can be appreciated by anyone strolling along the pavements of London, and offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history as one of the world’s most exciting shopping centres. Presented chronologically, these shopfronts show how our shopping streets haveRead more

A Brief Introduction to Boston: the Making of a Market Town

Boston, Lincolnshire, didn’t just give its name to Boston, Massachusetts in the USA: many of its most prominent citizens actually left to become leaders in the new settlement.Read more

A Brief Introduction to… Castles of Legend

Castles were never just defensive structures. They were also centres of administration and justice, but above all they were the power bases and homes of the feudal elite.Read more

6 Historic Sites Added to the Heritage at Risk Register

Our Heritage at Risk Register is an annual snapshot of the health of England’s heritage. This year 327 historic places have been added to the Register, including these six sites that, if they’re not repaired, are at risk of being lost forever.Read more

Top 5 Heritage Blog Posts of 2014

5.  Lost Railway Stations Earlier this month, we celebrated the release of Simon Parissien’s new book on English Railway stations with a nostalgic look at some of the architectural gems of the railway industry that have been lost.  Many of you expressed amazement at Euston Arch, built in 1838 at a cost of £35,000, and demolished in 1961.Read more

9 ‘Lost’ Railway Stations

1. Birmingham Snow Hill This fine Edwardian station was demolished in 1977 despite a public outcry.  The historic fabric was razed and trains on the old Great Western line to Leamington were terminated at Moor Street – originally devised as an overflow station for Snow Hill. However, the damage to cross-city services was so severe that the station was rebuilt, in a smaller, far more utilitarian idiom, in 1987 – a mere ten years after the station had disappeared.Read more

Top 5 Historic Places That Can Make You Happy

This year’s Heritage Counts reveals that visiting different types of historic places can have a positive impact on our general wellbeing and happiness. The results found a significant relationship between life satisfaction and visiting heritage, from historic towns to archaeological sites, and for the first time ever have identified the types of heritage sites that can have the most positive impact on our quality of life. 5. Archaeological Sites Archaeological sites offer a world of mystery and romanticism so it’s no surprise that visiting a placeRead more

Warbstow Bury: Re-writing the Story of a Cornish Hillfort

Warbstow Bury, a multivallate hillfort in north Cornwall, is  one of the largest and best preserved hillforts in the county. Perhaps not the most well known of Cornwall’s ancient monuments, being ’off the beaten track’ in a countryside parish, but it remains popular with local dog walkers and is easily accessible to passing visitors. In an effort to improve the understanding of Warbstow Bury, we conducted a detailed analytical earthwork survey in October 2013, followed by intensive desk based research, and discovered some intriguingRead more

Heritage Highlights

I am rather excited about the new Heritage Highlights project. The first one, Landmark Listings, went down well, and I think this one will be just as good. Last time, we used the National Heritage List for England to show that historic buildings and monuments have connections with iconic events in the history of England. This time, we want to show that buildings and monuments can also provide answers to intriguing questions, such as ‘are the statues of soldiers on warRead more